Normally, I'm of the opinion that cars are meant to be driven, so seeing something like a 1200-mile Jaguar XJ220 should make me upset, or at least a little annoyed. This one, which is , doesn't though. Why? Just look at it. It's damn near perfect.
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Now, don't get me wrong. If I owned this car, I'd drive the hell out of it. The XJ220 is, after all, a 217-mph supercar powered by a manic turbocharged V6 taken straight out of the Metro 6R4 rally car. Clearly, it's meant to move.
The XJ220 arrived at an interesting time for Jaguar. When it was conceived in the late 1980s, the company was riding high on a wildly successful sports-car racing program. With the legendary XJR-9 Group C race car, Jaguar won both Daytona and Le Mans in 1988. That same year, Jaguar showed off a concept for a mid-engine all-wheel drive car that used a version of the XJR-9's engine, the XJ220.
Things didn't go well from there. Jaguar Sport, the company's competition arm, determined that , so it instead opted for a turbocharged V6 and rear-wheel drive. Jaguar took 1500 deposits for the XJ220 after its 1988 debut, but the loss of six of cylinders, a global recession, and other factors meant that a lot of prospective customers bailed. Only 271 XJ220s were built in its 1992-1994 production run.
XJ220 values were low for years after production ended, but growing interest in the car means that values are heading up. That's why this example is listed for $530,000.
With only 1200 miles on the clock, this car is pretty much immaculate. The seller notes a few scratches and a dent on one of the rocker panels, but otherwise, it looks totally mint. Mechanically there are no faults either, and the seller says it'll be sent to a US XJ220 expert for a timing-belt and fuel-bladder service before it's sold.
A half-million dollars is a lot of money, but when you consider that McLaren F1 prices are now in the mid eight-figure range, it seems like a bargain. In other words, if you can afford it and you want an XJ220, buy one now.